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Let’s Talk About… Yoel Romero’s Kiss to Luke Rockhold

This has been a hot topic recently, and rightfully so, with many questioning what should and shouldn’t be allowed to happen after to a fighter after he/she is put unconsious by his opponent. I’m not going to put filler here and instead just dive right in to the topic at hand.

The Incident

First let’s explain what exactly happened so that nothing is taken out of context. Yoel Romero had just defeated Luke Rockhold by delivering a vicious overhand that shut his opponent’s lights out to get the victory in the third round. Romero then proceeded to celebrate his win with the usual cage wall jump and so on. But the incident then occurred shortly after as Romero ran over to Rockhold to tell him “I love you” while giving him multiple kisses. Rockhold was clearly still out of it as he was looking around with a lot of confusion on his face. It wasn’t pretty and the internet quickly made the incident a trending discussion in the MMA world.

Morally right?

Many see this incident as very irresponsible on Romero’s part. Doctors and referees should be the first to interact with a fighter who has been rendered unconscious. Second, Romero basically took advantage of Rockhold’s poor mental state at the time. Rockhold had no say in the matter and was being pinned to the wall and kissed in front of millions of people around the world without his approval. You can say what you want about Rockhold, but I doubt he deserved the embarrassment of that interaction that night.

Intention

Even though many did not like what Yoel Romero did to Luke Rockhold, it’s pretty clear that he meant well in the end. He only wanted to embrace is opponent and show him respect. His execution may have been poor but he had a good heart in the act. Also, there would be no point in trying to embarrass Rockhold (while also embarrassing himself) any further as he already knocked him out. It just does not make sense that he did it in an attempt to humiliate Rockhold.

Verdict

Yoel Romero should definitely be ashamed of what he did. He had no business in doing what he did to Luke Rockhold, especially before he can be looked at by the medical professionals at ringside. However, that being said, Romero showed nothing but class towards Rockhold and was very apologetic for missing weight. I can tell Romero really wanted to show respect to Rockhold but the whole action just fell flat. It was sloppy as the kiss he gave Rockhold and hopefully we can all put this embarrassing incident behind us.

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Let’s Talk About… Georges St-Pierre’s Next Opponent

Georges St-Pierre is one of, if not, the greatest MMA fighters of all time. His accomplishments in the sport are second to none. Yet he still has interest in coming back for one more fight. His opponent is what remains a mystery. So here we will discuss the possible opponents he may face when, or if, he returns.

The Money Fight:

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The first option that comes to mind is the, soon to be former, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. This fight would make the most financial sense as GSP would get a substantial paycheck for this fight and would have an opponent that fights at a smaller weight class. Also GSP’s wrestling ability would neutralize McGregor’s striking power in an instant, making this the easiest matchup with the biggest pay for GSP.

The Championship Fight:

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The second option for GSP would involve an oppurtunity to reclaim the welterweight title from Tyron Woodley. If he is serious about competing on a regular basis then maybe capturing a championship is the way to go. Stylistically, Woodley would be the toughest matchup for GSP, so this fight might not happen based on that. We all know Woodley wants it, but whether or not GSP takes it comes down to the legend himself.

The Rivalry Fight:

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This fight, or fights, could also be considered a money fight. Both Nick and Nate Diaz have proven that they are two of the biggest draws in combat sports today. GSP has already fought Nick Diaz (a rematch wouldn’t be too bad) but has never fought the younger Nate Diaz. Both would be entertaining opponents that would give GSP a decent pay-day while also letting him fight someone who isn’t too small for him. Plus, it could get either Diaz brother to fight again which is always good for both the UFC and the fans.

The Legacy Fight:

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Last, but certainly not least, is the most interesting fight GSP can take. Ben Askren is an undefeated welterweight fighter who just recently retired without ever setting foot inside the UFC octagon. He is considered one of the best fighters in the entire world but was never able to get into the UFC due to both parties being unable to come to a deal. Askren has stated that he would come out of retirement to fight GSP in a well deserved super fight. This may give GSP the lowest payday, but this could give him a challenge against one of the most talented fighters that has never fought under the UFC brand.

The Verdict:

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So in conclusion, the best option for Georges St-Pierre is going to come down to this: what does he want? If it is money, then he should fight Conor McGregor. If it is pride, then he should fight Tyron Woodley. I personally think he is after the money, just listen to his ‘stock market’ speech, so I bet he would want to fight McGregor. A good alternative would be to fight either Diaz brother. It would not hold up any division and would give both fighters a reason to fight again. Whatever the reason, the UFC seems desperate for big stars so they would love to have GSP back sooner rather than later…or never.

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Let’s Talk About… Jon Jones

Bones, the cheat, the GOAT, the biggest waste in UFC history. Jon Jones has been called many of names like these and has been the most controversial fighter in UFC history. His future right now is in question due to his most recent drug test failure (don’t worry, we’ll get to that) so I decided to take this time to discuss the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and former P4P king.

Personality

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Jon Jones’ personality is probably is least likable aspect. His out-of-cage antics have gotten him into trouble more times than I can count. To list a few: he has had run-ins with the law (multiple times); he has showed off his muscles and abs and then soon failing a drug test (again, we’ll get to that); and he has been disrespectful towards current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier. Jones, however, normally shows respect towards his opponents after beating them (unless you count his first fight with Daniel Cormier). To me, though, this is not enough to like his personality which is why I have it consider it his biggest con.

Fighting Style

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We go from the worst part of Jon Jones to the best. Many people consider him to beĀ  the GOAT for a reason, after all. His ability to use his god-given reach and frame to strike his opponents form a distance is quite impressive. His grappling is an underrated aspect as well, however, as he was able to submit Lyoto Machida with a standing guillotine choke. That being said, many people put his career in question due to one little problem…

Drug Use

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Two times. Two times Jon Jones has failed a drug test in the UFC. Both times he was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier when he failed them (coincidence?). In his first drug test failure Jones pleaded that he had taken a tainted Viagra. The Nevada State Athletic Commission was not buying it and gave him a six month suspension. After coming back and beating Cormier in their rematch, he failed yet another drug test for that fight. The verdict on Jones’ fate is still pending but, considering the evidence placed on him, it’s hard to imagine anything short of a year suspension. And no, a polygraph test won’t help anything.

Final Analysis

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With all of the previous points being covered, it is time to assess Jon Jones as a whole. Although I think he has remarkable skills in the cage, his actions outside the octagon make me sick to my stomach. And when I saw both of his failed drug tests, I wanted to throw up. I was even willing to forgive him after the first one like many others but he betrayed all of our trust when he decided to cheat. He continuously shows why he is the biggest waste in all of MMA and this, without a doubt, makes him my least favorite fighter in UFC history.

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Let’s Talk About… Tyron Woodley

At UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2, Tyron Woodley displayed a very impressive performance against Jiu-Jitsu black belt Demian Maia. However, many felt his style of fighting was that of a coward. This has been a common theme of criticism towards Woodley ever since he won the belt last year after knocking out Robbie Lawler. Let’s take a closer look at “The Chosen One” and analyze the criticism he has received:

Personality

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Tyron Woodley became a topic of discussion when he began blaming racism on his poor treatment as a champion. Many, including Dana White, felt this was Woodley just being a drama queen due to the lack of support for his argument. I, on the other hand, feel that his statements may have a bit of substance to them when you look at how much hate the current African-American UFC champions, such as Demetrious Johnson and Jon Jones, are given nowadays by the fans. I think many fans need to be more open to the issues he is trying to highlight instead of ignoring him the moment te word “racism” is uttered. I can understand if you want to disagree with his statements because it is a debated topic but I feel many people do not give him a chance to begin with. Of course, the blame cannot be placed solely on the fans. Woodley could benefit from expressing his opinions in a more clear and concise manner so that there is no confusion. I know Woodley can come off as whiny but I genuinely feel he is just misunderstood in this situation.

Style of Fighting

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In his last three fights, Tyron Woodley was on the fence for the majority of the time. However he ended up winning two of those contests and got a draw in the other. Woodley claims that the reason for this is because it is up to his challengers to try to take the belt from him as he did when he faced off against Robbie Lawler. I can understand this and I also think that his style has been pretty genius. It may not be the most exciting fighting style but if Woodley’s only goal is to win title fights consistently then he has found the perfect strategy. He was able to survive Stephen Thompson’s excellent striking and dropped him in both bouts that they had. In his bout against Demian Maia he was able to stop around 24 takedowns and also landed some powerful punches that both dropped him to the mat at one point and swelled half of his face up. His style may be boring to some but you cannot deny success it has had on his title run as of late.

Willingness to compete

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One thing that is constantly overlooked about Tyron Woodley is how often he fights as well as who he chooses to defend his belt against. So far Woodley has competed in at least two fights every year in his career except for 2015. This is pretty active for a fighter especially a champion. So expect his next fight to be at the end of this year. He also has been facing only the top contenders in his division which is a huge plus as a champion. He has not been pushing for the Georges St-Pierre fight that could give him a pretty generous payday and is instead content with fighting the top contender if the GSP fight does not happen. This is something a lot of his haters like to ignore when they call him a coward. He accepts all contenders and challenges them to take his belt away.

Final Analysis

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As you can probably tell by the way I have described Tyron Woodley in the last few paragraphs, I am 100% behind Woodley and his behaviour. He may come off as a whiner but his ability to win fights (despite the tactic being boring) and face top contenders frequently are the main reasons me and many others are fans of him. I feel if anyone does not like the man then they need to ask themselves what kind of fighters they do like and why. If they answer those questions then they will be surprised to see how much in common “The Chosen One” has with them. If you still hate Woodley after that then you are a R A C I S T! (just kidding)